Mickey Rouke Passes On ‘Expendables 2′ For ‘Seven Psychopaths’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 8th, 2012 at 7:18 am,

mickey rourke expendables 2 Mickey Rouke Passes On Expendables 2 For Seven Psychopaths

Lots of aging brawny men will be joining Sylvester Stallone in The Expendables 2 – which is just going into production (see: this fun set photo of Stallone with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis) – but it looks like one star from the first movie won’t return in the sequel.

The actor in question is Mickey Rourke, who played the garage-dwelling, cowboy hat-wearing, “Tool” in the first Expendables. Instead, Rourke is pressing ahead with a role in Seven Psychopaths: the new dark comedy from Oscar-winning writer/director Martin McDonagh (In Bruges).

Rourke was reported to be all-but-locked for Seven Psychopaths earlier this year, joining a cast that includes McDonagh’s In Bruges leading man, Colin Farrell, as well as Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken. However,¬†Deadline says he’s still negotiating to officially join that film and will end up having to take a pass on the Expendables followup, as a result.

Whatever the case, this doesn’t sound like a huge blow for Expendables 2,¬†seeing how Rourke probably would’ve only made a glorified cameo in the film. Besides, if there’s any truth at all to that early rumored plot synopsis for Stallone’s testosterone-fueled badass action roundup, Tool might have only been slated to appear in the film via flashbacks anyway.

Seven Psychopaths will star Rourke as a psychotic gangster whose beloved Shih Tzu goes missing – and suspicions soon fall on a pair of local nutballs (Rockwell and Walken) who are running a dog kidnapping scheme as a means of hustling people out of their money. Farrell headlines the film as a blocked screenwriter – and friend of Rockwell and Walken’s characters – who ends up finding more than enough inspiration when Rourke figures he’s also in on the dog-napping plot.

That’s all to say: Seven Psychopaths sounds like another clever tale from McDonagh and should boast plenty of sharp, profanity-laced dialogue to boot (see: this NSFW In Bruges clip for a taste of that). It’s the sort of film that’ll make good use of Rourke’s acting talents; though, it does seem odd that he won’t appear in Expendables 2 at all, seeing how the latter probably would’ve only required a few days of filming. On the other hand, a good chunk of the sequel will be shot outside of the U.S., so perhaps that has something to do with Rourke taking a pass…

The Expendables 2 cast still includes Stallone, Schwarzenegger, and Willis, along with returning macho stars like Jason Statham, Jet Li, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Dolph Lundgren – and new additions like Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, Scott Adkins, and younster Liam Hemsworth… possibly, among others. So there’s still good reason to suspect this sequel could (to use an appropriate description) blow the original out of the water.


The Expendables 2 is slated for theatrical release in the U.S. on August 17th, 2012.

Look for Seven Psychopaths to hit theaters before the end of 2012.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Sad news.

    I think Mickey Rourke did a great job in The Expendables, it would had been great if he had return to do The Expendables 2.

    I think it would be interesting how the director, Simon West pulling it off during the plot has Tool killed and without Rourke appearing in the film, it would be interesting how it would be pull off.

  2. This is good, not that i don’t like him but he was a very unnecessary and weak part of the movie. That is just my opinion.

  3. I absolutely loved In Bruges, and like the bizarre sounding summary of this one.

  4. I really enjoyed In Bruges. With Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, and Colin Farrell all capable of playing quirky characters and Mickey Rourke seems like an oddball in reality, this new movie should be really great.

  5. Another reason Micky Roarke has missed his oppertunity to become a true movie star?

  6. It pretty much sucks that Mickey Rourke won’t be in the Expendables sequel!

  7. Kinda sucks he won’t be in the sequel but he didn’t really do that much in the first 1 anyway

  8. great, so not only will they be killing him off, but it will be done off screen >:( i suppose he lost faith in the series after the train wreck that was expendables 1.

    hopefully this time round, things will be better, after all sly got a new director, a couple more action honchos and presumably has a bigger budget (which means practical effects instead of dodgy CG effects).

    • a train wreck that grossed more than 200 million world wide. Hollywood would love for all treir movies too be such a wreck.

    • You know, you’re pretty much right. But that big fight scene with everyone kicking butt, the intensity builds and builds, they look like they might be in trouble. The whole time I’m thinking, “Hey, where’s Terry?”. Then he comes in there: boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom! It’was AWESOME!!! Made the rest of the movie worth it. Even Mickey’s parts. I went back and saw it again in theaters JUST FOR THAT PART!!!!

  9. I’m quite okay with this. I napped during his scenes in the first movie. It was just so… WEIRD and unnecessary. But how will Liam Hemsworth fit in? Granted, I haven’t seen any of his work but just looking at him makes me feel like he’s a misfit.

  10. Screw the Expendables! (Though I am very excited about Expendables 2) Seven Psychopaths is gonna be wicked. I love Martin McDonaugh. I was in two stage productions of McDonaughs “The Liutenant of Inishmore” in Toronto a few years back. His unique dialogue and characters who are both capable of gritty visceral violence, and almost cartoonish warmth are much more needed in todays cinema than another “Hey, remember the 80′s” action flick.

  11. Mickey should be in expendables 3 and other good action films with sly, arnold and Bruce willis, etc.

  12. Easily one of the worst films ever. Rourke should consider himself lucky that he didn’t appear in it.

    • Seven Psychos that is

  13. Just hope Mickey Rourke dies soon so I don’t have to look at him or listen to him or watch a stupid movie like the wrestler. Just watched Expendables 2 – so happy f**kface rourke wasn’t in it.
    Anyone want to pay me to beat Mickey Rourke to death?

  14. Mickey Rourke is missing out on the expendables movies. He needs to be in expendables 4 along with Bruce Willis. That way it gives it closure